Twenty Scenes from the Life of Christ
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Twenty Scenes from the Life of Christ 15th century
These colourful but damaged panels were probably painted as part of a fifteenth-century altarpiece for an unknown monastery in Rhineland, Westphalia. Four scenes are included on each of the five oak panels. The narrative sequence was designed to be read from left to right across the upper scenes on each panel, and then in the same direction across the lower scenes. The panels were acquired, shortly before 1879, by the Scottish painter Sir Joseph Noel Paton, whose research for his own history paintings had fostered his interest in early pictures, in addition to medieval armour.

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Altarpiece

An artwork behind a church altar featuring religious scenes or imagery which was usually the focus for the celebration of the Mass.

Medieval

Relating to the Middle Ages, the period in European history from approximately the 6th to the 15th centuries.

Altarpiece, Medieval

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2310
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 5 wood panels each: 126.00 x 106.50 cm
  • Credit Presented by the National Museums of Scotland 1936